Work placements and internships are a valuable part of a student’s education – allowing them to develop workplace entry skills beyond the scope of their core curriculum. While beneficial to the wider student experience, placements can add a significant amount of administrative load onto tutors and departments and any mis-management of the experience can run the risk of damaging a student’s opportunities and attitudes towards both work and study.
OSC Placement provides a centralised location for all tasks associated with the student placement lifecycle. Post placement opportunities and positions, track student applications and placement progress with task and document management, attendance tracking and personalised calendars. Perform auto-allocation of students to appropriate placement opportunities based on programme, level of study and a variety of allocation constraints. Allow students to track their own progress and complete assigned tasks, from self-application through to placement completion.
Centralise and manage all of your institutional data on students, placement providers and tutors. Track student placement progress with task and document management, attendance tracking, personalised calendars and file storage on the cloud. Automatically place students with their preferred providers, or allow students the ability to self-apply to their preferred positions.
OSC Placement can lift the search burden and streamline the entire application process for students and providers alike. In OSC Placement, participating organisations and institutions can post opportunities for students to assess, and give them the opportunity to apply and post CVs. Providers have the option to accept or reject student applications and place students within the application with a few easy clicks.
Travel, accommodation, course and other pre-existing commitments can define and drive a student’s range of selection. OSC Placement allows students to submit their restrictions and preferences in advance of auto-allocation to opportunities, tailoring the process to each student’s preferences. OSC Placement integrates with Google Maps to ensure allocated placement opportunities are within the student’s preferred travel distance, and to calculate distances for tutor visit mileage expense claims. Auto-allocation includes full clash-checking – ensuring there are no conflicts of interest between students and placement providers.
OSC Placement’s reporting facilities allow placement tutors to generate and export reports in real-time for student tracking and analysis. Providers can enter regular feedback on both performance and status, such as general attendance, reducing the need for site visits and regular physical monitoring.
The feedback process for students and placement providers can be tailored to an institution’s individual requirements. OSC Placement tutors can create surveys for students, providers and staff, and associate surveys with placements or email direct to individuals.
OSC Placement’s rule-driven automation makes its easy to assign specific tutors to student placements and assign tasks and due dates based on preference. Custom rules can be set to streamline the site visit process by allowing placement tutors to specify visit restrictions based on travel distance and preference.